Encouraged and inspired by the overwhelming international response to the on-line petition "savelapetitebande.com" (spring 2009), we decided to start a foundation: "Support La Petite Bande". Through the foundation we can develop a way to be less dependent on increasingly uncertain government subsidies, and to be able to handle any financial shortfalls without having to compromise our artistic objectives.
A great many people, like you, have subtly sensed what is important to La Petite Bande in its work; accordingly, we hope that we can count on such kindred spirits as you for some devoted support.
Message by Sigiswald Kuijken
As you might know, for reasons that are not properly understood the Flemish Government terminated its guaranteed annual financial support for La Petite from January 1st 2013: we are the only Belgian orchestra to be treated in this manner, despite our international reputation and extensive discography and contribution to Belgian, European and indeed worldwide musical life. The loss of Government financial support has put La Petite Bande in serious financial difficulties, and we are all working very hard to raise money to ensure that our unique orchestra can continue its work. We are sure that we will succeed, but to do so we need your support, to ensure that we will be able to continue our work and make music!
More information on the three options to support the orchestra, as explained by Sigiswald, can be found here:
Posted: Thursday, 18 December 2014 at 15h11.
La Petite Bande Summer Academy
La Petite Bande organizes a Summer Academy in Collevecchio (Italy), from 13 to 26 July 2015. The theme is twofold: classical instrumental performance practice and 18th century historical gesture, declamation and acting for singers. Haydn’s “Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat major, for Oboe, Bassoon, Violin and Violoncello Solo with orchestra” and Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” will be on the program, next to chamber music and individual master classes. The course will be directed by Sigiswald Kuijken and Marie Kuijken.
Posted: Tuesday, 25 November 2014 at 10h54.
The Christmas Oratorio (J.S. Bach) is released
The Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) by J.S.Bach is released by Challenge Classics, CC72394. The Christmas Oratorio is a series of 6 separate cantatas, collectively relating the story from Christmas through to Twelfth Night. Bach wrote the work in Leipzig in 1734 and 1735 for Christmas Day (I), Boxing day (II), the third day of Christmas (III), New Year (IV), the Sunday after New Year (V) and Twelfth Night (VI). As with the Passions, the texts here are drawn from three sources: (1) the evangelical texts (primarily Luke and Matthew) intoned by the Evangelist (tenor) as recitatives, (2) chorales from the Lutheran tradition and (3) free texts for arias and some choral passages, written by the poet Picander.